In the early hours of Tuesday, 20 September the Perth City Link Rail Alliance successfully reached an important milestone –lifting a section of the William Street footbridge.
Lifted over live operating rail and the Joondalup Line tunnels, this complex piece of work was the result of months of planning and consultation.
The partial removal of the footbridge, also known as the Western Concourse, is on schedule to allow the temporary relocation of the Fremantle Line, which ensures train services can continue while the new tunnel is constructed.
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On Wednesday, 24 August, the William Street footbridge, known as the Western Concourse, which connects Roe and Wellington streets, will permanently close at the Roe Street end.The southern end, including the Wellington Street stairs and escalator, public toilets, and connection from the Wellington Street Bus Station to the southern-most escalator to Perth Station will remain open (see map).Removing the Western Concourse allows the Fremantle Line to be relocated so train services can be maintained throughout the life of the rail project. The Fremantle Line is being relocated so the new tunnel can be constructed.
Pedestrians can connect between the CBD and Northbridge using footpaths on the Horseshoe Bridge, the Milligan Street railway footbridge and the Eastern Concourse that connects the Perth Cultural Centre with Forrest Chase.Temporary modifications will be made to the Horseshoe Bridge to safely accommodate the increased number of pedestrians. This includes removing part of the balustrade at the Roe Street end, which will be reinstated at the end of the rail project, to assist pedestrian flow onto the bridge footpath. A pedestrian crossing will also be installed at the top of the bridge.
The section of Roe Street shared cycle and pedestrian path, which previously went under the escalators at the Roe Street end of the Western Concourse, will be diverted. It will now run along Roe Street before turning back onto the existing path.A T-Junction with a give-way sign will be installed where the shared path meets the Horseshoe Bridge (see map).Please consider pedestrians moving onto the Horseshoe Bridge when using the Roe Street shared path in this area.
Perth Train Station can still be accessed from the Eastern Concourse, Wellington Street and the Roe Street entrance to Platform 9.
Those in Northbridge catching a bus from Wellington Street Bus Station will use the Horseshoe Bridge to access the bus station from the stairs and escalator from Wellington Street.
Passengers transferring between Perth Train Station and Wellington Street Bus Station can use the southern (Wellington Street) end of the Western Concourse.
The Western Concourse as a Roe St and Wellington Street access was not wheelchair accessible.
For others with accessibility difficulty, the Horseshoe Bridge is not Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant, and as a heritage listed structure, these modifications can’t be made. People with accessibility difficulties are encouraged to use the Eastern Concourse that connects the Cultural Centre with Forrest Chase.